People are supported to live independently for as long as possible. People who are connected with and contribute to their community are less lonely. This has positive impacts on mental and physical wellbeing and results in cost savings.
KeyRing support is an alternative to building based day services and reduces the need for more intensive levels of support. People decide what they would like to achieve and we work with them to make this happen. The support is flexible and personalised.
Everyone has skills and value that they can share with each other and their local community. We support people to provide peer support and to co-produce support that works in their life.
A shrinking social circle does not need to be an inevitable part of ageing and people should continue to maintain their connections.
Whilst traditional approaches to supporting older people have focused on specialised day services that group all ‘older people’ together and provide them with ‘older people’s activities’, KeyRing’s approach promotes the use of community-based resources and facilities, helping people get involved with what is already available. In doing so it supports and sustains natural friendships and develops new ones, warding off loneliness and social isolation and creating happier communities.
Support flexes to the aims and aspirations of the individual.
What does the support include?
- One-to-one personalised support with things like health, budgeting, dealing with correspondence, domestic skills, just getting to know someone.
- Connecting people to their community, including help to get out and do the shopping, finding out what’s going on in the community and local area and help to reconnect or get involved with local groups and activities.
- Connecting people to others and creating a network of natural support.
We want to help to prevent people feeling lonely by:
- having some support to come to groups and meeting new people
- making new friends, or reconnecting with family or old friends
- connecting with people who have shared interests